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Saturday, 11 July 2020 15:54

Talkin' Pets News

 Talkin' Pets News

July 11, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jillyn Sidlo - Celestial Custom Dog Services

Producer - Matt Matera

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Consultant / Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guest - Anthony Ferraro, Chief Customer Officer, Ecoclean Solutions Inc. will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 7/11/20 at 530pm ET to discuss and give away their 20% Vinegar Weed Killer safe for pets & family

Chris Perondi Co-Author of "The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever" will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 7/11/20 at 6pm ET to discuss and give away his new book with Larry Kay

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In 2018, more than 60 million American households owned a dog. Most dog owners will teach their pups basic cues such as “sit” and “stay.” But imagine visiting friends, only to find their dog opening the door to greet you, closing the door behind them, and bowing to say hello! It’s possible with THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER: A Step-by-Step Guide to 118 Amazing Tricks and Stunts (March 19, 2019; $17.95; by Larry Kay and Chris Perondi; Workman Publishing), an indispensable, step-by-step guide featuring 118 tricks and stunts that strengthen the bond between owner and dog—and impress all who watch!

THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER will enrich the lives of furry friends from all walks of life. Dog lovers can teach their canine companions a range of tricks from three comprehensive training programs (Beginner, Intermediate, and Pro), including:

  • Beginner
    • Sit Pretty: Dog sits up, raises both paws to chest, and stays balanced
    • Boing: Dog jumps in the air on cue
    • Crawl on Lure: Dogs scoots on the ground towards owner in a crawl position

 

  • Intermediate
    • Wrap It Up: Dog grabs the edge of a blanket and rolls to wrap it around herself
    • Run the Bases: Dog runs in sequence to a series of baseball bases
    • Cookie Nose: Dog balances cookie on snout and waits to eat it
  • Pro
    • Ride a Skateboard: Dog rides a skateboard across the room to owner
    • Dance on Two Around Me: Dog stands up on two hind legs and walks backward around trainer
    • Catch a Flying Disc: Dog races after flying disc, leaps into the air, and catches in his mouth


For those with aspirations of fame for their beloved pets, Chris Perondi, the #1 stunt dog and tricks master trainer and founder of Stunt Dog Productions, and Larry Kay, award-winning filmmaker, author (TRAINING THE BEST DOG EVER) and mastermind behind the wildly popular Positively Woof, offer a pro section, with information on moviemaking, live performance, dancing, and extreme stunts and sports such as agility, parkour, and dock diving. These expert levels are complete with tips on how to workshop a film or dance routine, how to set up a successful stunt program, and how to choreograph a stunning dance sequence. Featured interviews with trick trainers at the top of their fields also give aspiring master trainers a feel for what goes into acclimating their pups to the pro levels of training.

Kay and Perondi are devotees of the positive reinforcement training method, which, at its core, encourages owners to get to know their dog’s personality and learning style to cater to the tricks that will work best for their dogs. Certain behavior cues—such as saying a dog’s name in a positive tone of voice, praising and rewarding focused moments, ignoring missteps, and even crate training—are essential tools every owner should use to ensure that training sessions are fun-filled, safe, and memorable experiences for both dog and owner.

THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER also delves into dog psychology, emphasizing the difference between high- and low-energy dogs so that every owner can tailor a training session to their pups’ particular learning style. High-energy dogs, who lean on the wild and obsessive side, require varying between different energy-level activities to improve focus and ensure a safer training session. Conversely, low-energy dogs, who may not yet be accustomed to a lot of movement or intense focus, should start with shorter training sessions that build up to highly focused dogs who love to earn and learn.

Armed with methods that build dogs’ confidence and allow owners to make informed choices about their dogs’ trick training curriculum, THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER introduces the benefits of trick training that go beyond a cool Instagram video!

  • Saving Lives! When shelters post cute clips or photos of dogs up for adoption, it helps those dogs find homes. Through his organization, Positively Woof, Larry Kay has shown that trick training videos help demonstrate that a dog is ready to be adopted into her forever home.
  • Improved socialization and streamlined training: Trick training helps fearful dogs gain confidence, enabling them to meet new playmates and more readily acclimate to people. It also improves a dog’s behavior by preventing boredom and restlessness, which is often the cause of destructive behavior.
  • Inside every shelter dog is an undiscovered movie star. 75 percent of the stunt and trick dogs seen in movies are shelter rescues, as are most of the dogs used to demonstrate the tricks in THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER! Shelter rescue is a great option for anyone considering adopting a dog. Who knows what hidden talents lie behind that adorable fluffy face?
  • Strengthened bond: Our furry friends are reliant on us to keep them safe and happy, and trick training deepens that special bond by demonstrating that they can trust and depend on their human partners (children and adults alike) in all scenarios.
  • Increased responsibility: Oftentimes, a pet is a child’s first introduction to responsibility and trick training is a firsthand experience that shows how sticking with something (training) can have amazing results and lead to safe and lasting interactions with dogs.

Whether the aim is to positively channel vigorous puppy energy or to bond with an old four-legged friend, THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER will have everyone’s best friend offering high fives, jumping through hoops, or even balancing on skateboards in no time!

MEET THE AUTHORS

file:///C:/Users/jonpp/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image008.jpg" width="317" height="428" />CHRIS PERONDI has been featured extensively in national media, including the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Tonight Show, the Late Show, the Queen Latifah Show, Univision’s Sabado Gigante, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet, Fox TV, CBS News, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and national TV commercials. His touring company, Stunt Dog Productions, books more than a thousand live shows in dozens of venues per year. Their shows have involved extended production runs at Branson, Dollywood, Six Flags of America, and the Indianapolis Zoo. Chris has been training dogs for more than twenty years. Having first discovered dog training as a hobby, he evolved over the years into a disc dog showman who has appeared at NBA and NFL halftime-shows and MLB pregame shows. The hobby became his full-time profession in 2001 (Chris has as many as five simultaneous crews under his Stunt Dog branded shows). Chris and crew performed live atop the 125th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade float for Lucy Pet Foundation to raise funds for spay and neuter causes. In 2009, Suhey Velez (now Perondi) joined the Stunt Dog Experience and is responsible for the training and showcasing of many of the tricks included in THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER. Visit them at dogtricksandstunts.com and stuntdogshow.com.

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LARRY KAY coauthored TRAINING THE BEST DOG EVER (Workman Publishing), which was awarded the Maxwell Medallion for Best Training and Behavior Book by the Dog Writers Association of America and earned the first-ever book award from the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. He also authored LIFE’S A BARK, created and produced the award-winning Animal Wow dog care DVD for kids that was endorsed by the American Humane Association, and has been a frequent contributor to the American Animal Hospital Association and a columnist for Dog Fancy magazine. He has written and produced for Disney, PBS, and The Muppets, taught TV producing at NYU’s TV/Film School, and holds a master’s degree in TV/Film from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. With two million Facebook fans (facebook.com/PositivelyWoof), Larry’s Positively Woof platform promotes positive dog training, creative tricks and celebrations, and shelter dog adoptions with web films, hundreds of adoption success stories, and innovative cause marketing programs. Visit him at dogtricksandstunts.com and positivelywoof.com.

 

MEET THE DOGS

file:///C:/Users/jonpp/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image012.jpg" width="247" height="255" />VINNY VALENTINO, a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix, was adopted from a shelter in Minnesota at eight weeks old. His favorite pastimes include catching flying discs, performing athletic stunts, and cuddling next to his parents. His signature tricks include sitting pretty, being shy, dancing on two in reverse, back weaves, and his big air stunt where he catches a flying disc off Chris’s back over volunteers from the audience! When he’s not touring across the country as part of Stunt Dog Productions, he lives at home in Stockton, CA, with his parents, Chris and Suhey Perondi, and extensive family of canine companions.

 

 

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SPIDER, an Australian Cattle Dog, was rescued from a shelter after he and his future father met on one of Larry Kay's shelter dog film sets in Los Angeles. Spider now performs more than fifty tricks and stunts. As the studio dog for Positively Woof, whenever the door to the video studio is opened, he runs inside and sits on his training platform, eager to perform tricks. His specialty trick is perching on a big ball and rolling it across the studio to his toy shopping cart. He lives with his father, Larry Kay, in Los Angeles.

Saturday, 27 June 2020 15:15

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

June 27, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Jay Stutz - Animal Planet - Good Dog U

Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Melissa Stewart author of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS: ICK! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings and Defenses will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 6/27/20 at 5pm ET to discuss & give away her new book

Joe Roetheli, founder of Pets Best Life & Yummy Combs will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 6/27/20 at 630pm ET to discuss and give away his company's first & new product

DR. KURT VENATOR, DVM – Chief Veterinary Officer, Purina will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 6/27/20 at 730pm ET to discuss VETERINARIAN REVEALS BREAKTHROUGH APPROACH TO MANAGING CAT ALLERGENS WHILE HOME


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS: 
ICK! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings and Defenses 

Animals--they're cute and fluffy, cuddly and puffy, and ... sometimes downright disgusting. Get ready to be totally grossed out as you discover the incredibly icky ways animals eat, make their homes, and defend themselves.

From award-winning author Melissa Stewart comes the grossest journey through the animal world you'll ever take. From ants to zebras, get ready to discover some seriously strange animal behaviors. Slurp up soupy insides with houseflies, spit sticky saliva to build nests with birds, and fend off predators with poop-flinging caterpillars and farting snakes. And that's just the tip of the dung pile! These yucky habits may seem surprising to us, but they're totally normal for these animals. In fact, their survival depends on them.

Snappy text, incredible photography, and more cool features add to the learning fun. Ready to chew some fingernails with cockroaches? Dive into the disgusting world of animals!

Curious kids (and adults with strong stomachs!) will discover all the icky details and the science behind the dozens of ways animals have learned to survive and thrive, like;
  • Where the Bone-Eating Snot Flower Worm calls home (hint!  look inside a dead whale)
  • How the Silver-Spotted Skipper Caterpillar is able to fling its “frass” more than 5 feet
  • Why the Red-Billed Oxpecker has a taste for ticks.  
...And that's just the tip of the dung pile...(see what I did there?!)


ABOUT Melissa Stewart 
Melissa has written more than 180 science books for children, including the ALA Notable Feathers: Not Just for Flying, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen; the SCBWI Golden Kite Honor title Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis; and Can an Aardvark Bark?, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Steve Jenkins. Her most recent title is Ick! Delightfully Disgusting Animal Dinners, Dwellings, and Defenses. Melissa maintains the award-winning blog Celebrate Science and serves on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators board of advisors. Her highly-regarded website features a rich array of nonfiction writing resources.

New Yummy Combs® Provide Dogs with Dental Flossing and an Impressive Dose
of Nutrition All in One Chew
Combination of patented honeycomb design and nutritious ingredients re-shape the dog
treat category
Kansas City (April 28, 2020) — Cleaning a dog’s teeth has never been easier, safer and
more nutritious, thanks to a unique, great tasting dental chew launching this month at
PetSmart stores nationwide.
Co-created by thought leaders in veterinary and food science, Yummy Combs® infuse a
unique shape with 44 percent protein and a wealth of essential vitamins and minerals to
not only promote canine oral care but also boost energy, joint health, mobility and total
wellness.
“Yummy Combs are a new plateau in dog treats,” says Joe Roetheli, serial pet product
entrepreneur and co-inventor of Yummy Combs. He and his wife, Judy, co-founded
Pet’s Pet’s Best Life, a company dedicated to improving pet health and nutrition, which
is launching Yummy Combs as its first product.
“The functional, innovative shape is different by design to address serious oral health
and safety issues including the number one disease in dogs — periodontal disease —
as well as gulping. Plus, Yummy Combs contain a complete and balanced formula of ingredients
including much more protein than conventional treats. Yummy Combs are different
from your run-of-the mill pet treats inside and outside.”
A breakthrough in canine oral care
Yummy Combs have a patented six-sided perimeter filled with small hexagonal pockets.
This patented design fosters teeth flossing to the gum line — deterring gingivitis and
periodontal disease — while the hard-inner hexagonal walls help scrape and clean
teeth. The thin walls of Yummy Combs allow dogs to break down the chew, speeding
solubility and digestion, and the wide design helps deter gulping. Yummy Combs come
in five sizes to align with your dog’s weight classification.
“It is very important to feed the proper size treat for your dog’s weight,” says Roetheli.
“Our team remains very conscious of safety in developing the shape and five sizes of
Yummy Combs.”
Although regular visits to the veterinarian remain the gold standard for the assessment
and treatment of canine dental issues, Yummy Combs were conceived to provide a safe
means for chipping away at the buildup of tartar and plaque on dogs’ teeth, precursors
to gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Veterinarians with clinical expertise in canine dentistry have endorsed the novel shape
and its benefits. According to Dr. Jan Bellows, past president of the American Veterinary
Dental College, the Veterinary Dental Forum and the Foundation for Veterinary
Dentistry, “Yummy Combs have a high probability of cleaning above and below the gum
lines where the dangerous periodontal disease gets its start. This is certainly a product
worthy of consideration.”
A nutritional powerhouse
In addition to their uniquely functional shape, Yummy Combs are packed with nutrition.
Unlike many conventional treats which have minimal protein content, Yummy Combs
are made of a 44 percent protein-rich recipe, primarily comprised of chicken and containing
all amino acids. They also contain 12 ingredients for wellness, including dried
honey and salmon oil, with each vitamin and mineral scientifically chosen to promote
good health.
The thin walled construction of Yummy Combs allows production at low temperatures
ensuring that the active ingredients in the formula are not compromised during the manufacturing
process. No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, gluten or GMO’s are included
in the Yummy Combs formula.
Available nationwide
Yummy Combs are launching in PetSmart stores across the country on May 1st. 12
ounce cartons and singles are available in five sizes for extra small to extra big dogs.
Each Yummy Comb is individually foil wrapped to ensure freshness, deter contamination,
and provide convenience in carrying the chew in your purse or pocket.
Dog Size
XS
(5.5-12 pounds)
S
(13-25 pounds)
M
(26-50 pounds)
L
(51-100 pounds)
XL
(Over 100 pounds)
# of Chews
(per 12 Oz/340g
Package)
48 21 15 9 6
The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for Yummy Combs is $19.99 to $21.99. They
can also be purchased at independent pet retailers nationwide and at veterinarian offices
in the United States and, coming soon, in Canada.
# # #
About Pet’s Best Life
Yummy Combs are the first pet product innovation developed by Pet’s Best Life, a Kansas
City-based company dedicated to helping pets live their best lives through quality
nutrition and innovation. Pet’s Best Life is comprised of thought leaders and pet lovers
with expertise in veterinary medicine, physiology, biochemistry and chemical engineering.
Led by Dr. Joe and Judy Roetheli, their team has decades of experience in animal
nutrition and health and has invented some of the world’s most loved and trusted pet
and animal health products.

Joe Roetheli Bio:

Serial pet product entrepreneur and life-long companion animal lover, Joe Roetheli, along with his wife Judy, launched Pets Best Life to help pets live their best lives through quality nutrition and novel, functional oral care. The company’s first product, Yummy Combs, combines a unique honeycomb shape that scrubs and flosses dogs’ teeth down to the gum line, deterring gingivitis, with 44% percent protein and 12 wellness ingredients. With Yummy Combs, cleaning a dog’s teeth has never been safer, tastier or better for your pet.

Joe earned a PhD in Agricultural Economics. He spent nearly 20 years in the Federal Government leading research and commercialization efforts as well as conceiving and spearheading the launch of two national programs. He and his wife then embarked on entrepreneurial endeavors where they have conceived, developed, and commercialized multiple, award-winning products in various industries including for pets. Joe has been quoted numerous times as having said:  "I can exist without a dog, but I cannot live without a dog!”

CAN YOUR CAT AND YOUR CAT ALLERGEN SENSITIVITIES LIVE IN HARMONY WHILE SPENDING SO MUCH TIME AT HOME?

VETERINARIAN REVEALS BREAKTHROUGH APPROACH TO MANAGING

CAT ALLERGENS WHILE HOME

 

DR. KURT VENATOR, DVM – Chief Veterinary Officer, Purina

BACKGROUND:

As millions of Americans continue to spend unprecedented amounts of time at home, it also means spending unprecedented amounts of time with their pets – including cat owners with cat allergen sensitivities.  Perhaps dealing with cat allergens wasn’t a big problem when they were only home a few hours a day. But now, being in close proximity 24/7 is creating challenges. Luckily, a team of innovative scientists at Purina have developed a new way to manage allergens through cat food! When combined with other allergen management strategies, this new approach can help cat owners better handle their current situations and be closer together with the cats they love.

Purina’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Kurt Venator is available on Wednesday, June 24th to share the science behind this breakthrough as well as offer tips for bonding with your cat while managing cat allergens at home.

TIPS FOR MANAGING CAT ALLERGENS AT HOME:

●        If you have cat allergen sensitivities, there are ways to help manage cat allergens indoors such as using HEPA air purifiers throughout the home to help catch dander and filter the air you’re breathing in.

●        Clean more frequently than you might usually do to remove dust, dander and cat hair, and wash any furnishings or home decor frequented by your cat like couch covers, pillows and bedding. Soft upholstery can make for a comfortable resting place for cats and the softness can trap dander.

●        While these methods help manage allergens in the environment, there is a new option that helps manage cat allergens at the source. Purina Pro Plan LiveClear is the first and only cat food that has been shown to reduce allergens in cat hair and dander. Many people think that cat hair is the problem, but it’s actually what’s on it – the major cat allergen called Fel d 1, which cats produce naturally in their saliva. When cats eat this new formula, it neutralizes the Fel d 1 in their mouth. By reducing active Fel d 1 in the cat’s saliva, it reduces the allergen that is transferred to the cat’s hair and dander when they groom, ultimately reducing the allergen in the environment.

TIPS FOR BONDING WITH YOUR CAT AT HOME:

●        Try to keep your cat’s routine as normal as possible. While you both are experiencing a new living dynamic, food and play times should stay as normal as possible.

●        Cats can also get a little stir-crazy when stuck inside with their owners – given it’s a big change from the routine they’re used to – and may be susceptible to stress. It’s important to keep an eye on them in case they start exhibiting destructive and/or anxious behavior. Increasing enriching activities and play time will help combat this.

 

For more information, please visit –www.proplanliveclear.com

 

MORE ABOUT DR. KURT VENATOR:

Kurt Venator is Purina’s Chief Veterinary Officer and directs the Purina Advisory Council, a 19-member group of world-renowned veterinarians from various medical specialties who help advance pet nutrition, health and wellness around the globe. Dr. Venator is an esteemed speaker across North America on the topics of small animal nutrition and veterinary medicine. He works closely with U.S. Veterinary Schools to provide nutrition education and professional development for the veterinarians of tomorrow. His team also works actively with veterinary clinics across the country to advance the role of nutrition in clinical practice and help pets live long, healthy lives.

Produced for: Purina

Saturday, 20 June 2020 16:24

Talkin' Pets News

Talkin' Pets News

June 20, 2020

Host - Jon Patch

Co-Host - Matt Nall - Pet Supplies Plus

Producer - Kayla Cavanaugh

Network Producer - Darian Sims

Social Media - Bob Page

Special Guests - Steve Lankfer, author of "Dog Speak" will join Jon & Talkin' Pets 6/20/20 at 5pm ET to discuss and give away his book

Chris Johnson, USPS Program Manageron Safety Awareness will join Jon & Talkin' Pets at 630pm ET on 6/20/20 to discuss ways to prevent dog bites

BE ALERT: PREVENT THE BITE

USPS National Dog Bite Awareness Week is June 14-20, 2020

GUEST: Chris Johnson, USPS Program Manager, Safety Awareness

Background:

Dog attacks are a nationwide issue and not just a postal problem. The Postal Service is driving home the message that dog bites are a national problem and education can help resolve the issue.

While the number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 5,803 in 2019, the encouraging news is that it’s more than 200 fewer than in 2018. Despite the drop-in attacks, it is still a big problem.  Today, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is continuing to showcase technology that not only alerts mail carriers of potential attacks, but also alerts customers when the carrier may be coming so they can secure their dogs. It will also release its annual list of cities where the most dog attacks were recorded. The organization also highlights safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offers tips to pet owners.

 

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DOG BITES:

·         Keep the family pet secured. Place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door to accept the mail. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors.

·         Parents, please remind your children not to take mail directly from your letter carrier in the presence of your pet. The dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a family member as a threat.

·         We place the safety of our employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, we may ask the owner to pick up their mail at a Post Office until the letter carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the Post Office.

To spread the word on social media, use word the hashtag #preventdogbites. 

 

More About Chris Johnson:

As the U.S. Postal Service’s Program Manager, Safety Awareness, Chris Johnson is responsible for developing and implementing nationwide safety programs.

A staff of 375 safety professionals domiciled among 67 locations nationwide support these programs to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for nearly 630,000 employees connected by a fleet of nearly 215,000 vehicles that connect to nearly 32,000 postal facilities

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